The Annual General Meeting of Unitas Wholesale Ltd. held on Thursday 25th November 2021 at the Hilton, Paddington, London.
All resolutions put to members were passed.
A key element of the Unitas strategy is to increase its focus on member centricity. The AGM approved the proposal from the Unitas Board to increase the number of board positions to better reflect the contribution made to the group by our largest members.
As a result of this Michael Skelton, Managing Director of Savage and Whitten Wholesale, operating out of Northern Ireland and Jason Wouhra of Lioncroft Wholesale Ltd, were both elected to the board, representing the Retail category.
Separately, Simon Hannah, CEO of J W Filshill has decided to step down from the board.
Mark Aylwin, Unitas Chairman stated “I am pleased that the AGM approved the new Board structure which better represents the group as a whole and our desire to become a more member centric organisation. Both Michael and Jason run excellent businesses and will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our Board, and I look forward to working with them both. While we are disappointed that Simon will be stepping down from the Board, we respect his decision to focus on the significant growth plan for his own business and wish him well in that journey. I would personally like to thank Simon for the tremendous support he has afforded me since joining the Board and thank him for his valuable support and guidance in my role as Chairman”
Of his departure from the board, Simon explained “I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as a board member and Chairman of Unitas Wholesale; however, it is now time for me to focus my time and attention on the J W Filshill organisation – Our business is over 140 years old, and we will continue to innovate and lead the way. Our new 120,000 sq ft distribution centre at Westway will be a huge focus for my time as we implement our strategy to grow and expand the Filshill business. I wish Mark, John Kinney, the board, executive and central team at Unitas Wholesale a successful future”
John Kinney said, “We are very grateful to Simon for his expertise, support and knowledge of the industry during his time as both a board member and former Chair and wish him all the very best for the future success overseeing the significant growth plans for the Filshill business”.
In addition to electing 2 new board members for the Retail channel there were two board positions up for rotational election in the Foodservice and On-Trade categories.
Following a ballot of shareholders Jim Cummiskey of Failte Foods LTD and, Andrew Wild of Wilds Premier Drinks were duly re-elected to the board as representatives for the Foodservice and On-Trade categories, respectively.